COVID-19 Prevention

Covid-19 Coronavirus Prevention

Here's a quick primer of the latest clinical evidence that explains your best shot of not contracting the virus.

Treatment Options

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent Covid-19 infection. Nor is there a specific antiviral treatment recommendation. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

Best Practices

The best practice is to follow everyday preventive actions to help protect you and prevent the spread of the virus. The most important thing you can do is to limit your interaction with others outside of your household.

But if you do leave your home, you should Mask Up. Cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread of the disease, particularly when used universally within communities

There is increasing evidence that cloth face coverings help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. Face masks provide source control – that is, they help prevent the wearer from spreading COVID-19 to others. The main protection individuals gain from wearing a face mask occurs when others in their communities also wear face coverings.

Beyond wearing face masks, there are general best practices we all should follow to prevent the spread of ALL respiratory viruses. These include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Generally, if you are sick you should always follow the following measures:

  • Stay home when you are feeling sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

These are every day habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.

Our Sources:

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
  2. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2007800?query=TOC#article_citing_articles
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-make-cloth-face-covering.html
  4. https://science.sciencemag.org/content/sci/early/2020/06/02/science.abc6197.1.full.pdf
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